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F1 Staff Forced to Remove Pride Flags in Bahrain

, F1 Staff Forced to Remove Pride Flags in Bahrain

Controversy at Bahrain International Circuit

Formula One team members faced backlash as they were ordered to remove Pride Flags from their backpacks by security staff at the Bahrain International Circuit.

According to reports, airport-style checks at the circuit led to some F1 staff being told to either remove the flags or risk having their equipment confiscated.

Response from F1 and Bahrain International Circuit

After a complaint was raised, Formula One officials and the Bahrain International Circuit addressed the issue, calling it an "isolated incident."

While homosexuality is legal in Bahrain, the country has faced criticism for its human rights record.

Despite the backlash, Bahrain is set to host the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, March 3.

Last year, UK MPs urged F1 to investigate the connection between the sport and human rights violations.

However, F1 representatives have stated their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion, with ongoing projects aimed at bringing positive change to the countries they visit.

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Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

An F1 spokesperson addressed the incident, stating, "As a sport, we and our partners proactively celebrate diversity and inclusion, supporting everyone in our community to raise awareness of shared values."

The Bahrain International Circuit also released a statement, affirming their stance against discrimination and promising to investigate the incident and take appropriate action.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Formula 1’s budget cap per team?

Formula 1 introduced the budget cap in recent years to encourage financial sustainability and balance between teams. Budget cap set at $145m for 2021 season. Excludes marketing costs, driver salaries and the salaries of top three team personnel. The cap may be gradually reduced by subsequent years.

How much does a Formula 1 car cost to build?

The cost to construct a Formula 1 race car can vary considerably. But teams typically spend $10-15 million on each chassis.

How much are Formula 1 racing suits?

The racing suits worn by Formula 1 drivers are engineered for safety, comfort, and performance, integrating fire-resistant materials and cutting-edge technology. These suits are priced anywhere between $2,000 to $5,000. This is a reflection of their custom-made nature and the advanced features they provide.

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Can Formula 1 teams buy cars from competitors?

Formula 1 teams build and design their cars but they may purchase some components from rivals such as gearboxes or power units. However, regulations require that specific parts like the chassis and aerodynamic surfaces be proprietary to ensure competitiveness and diversity within the sport.

How much do wind tunnel testing and simulator costs impact a Formula 1 team’s budget?

Formula 1’s car development relies on wind tunnel testing, and using simulators. Costs of wind-tunnel use can range from $100,000 to several million dollars per day. The annual maintenance and upgrades for these facilities can have a major impact on the team’s budget.


  • Pirelli F1 tires cost around $2,700 each, resulting in a set of four tires costing approximately $10,800.
  • Wind tunnel testing costs in Formula 1 can be as high as $100,000 per day, which is a critical part of car development.
  • Sponsorship deals are critical in Formula 1, with major title sponsorships sometimes contributing tens of millions of dollars to a team’s budget.
  • An advanced Formula 1 steering wheel can cost between $50,000 to $100,000 given its multifunctionality and custom design.
  • The budget cap introduced in Formula 1 for the 2021 season was set at $145 million, which is aimed to level the playing field.
  • Racing suits worn by Formula 1 drivers can cost from $2,000 to $5,000, integrating high levels of safety and performance features.
  • The average cost to construct a Formula 1 car chassis is estimated to be between $10 million and $15 million.
  • The financial cost of a Formula 1 car crash can range from a few tens of thousands to over $1 million, dependent on the extent of the damage.

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Formula 1 Car Repair Expenses: A Guide to Understanding the Costs

Understanding Formula 1 car maintenance expenses involves grasping both the frequency and extent of required work. Every race requires maintenance, which involves the whole car. The engine may need to be rebuilt at a cost of tens of thousand dollars. Repairs or replacements are needed for the suspension, gearbox and bodywork. Keep track of tire expenses, as a set of four can cost upwards of $10,000. Telemetry systems need regular maintenance to keep their data collection systems secure. Accidents in the track can result in additional costs not planned that have a significant impact on budget.



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